We Said… Here are places that make a connection with us in the Crescent City.

DINING
Fiorella's Café, inexpensive, (504) 528-9566. Could the restaurant use a paint job? Sure. But its perfect fried chicken needs no improvement.
Herbsaint Bar and Restaurant, very expensive, (504) 524-4114, www.herbsaint.com. The gumbo doesn't come in a Tupperware container at this downtown restaurant, but you'll love it anyway.
Stella!, very expensive, (504) 587-0091, www.restaurantstella.com. Chef Scott Boswell's French Quarter restaurant is quaint and quiet, and his Asian-Creole fusion offerings are definitely the most inventive - and arguably the best - dishes you'll find in the city.

LODGING
Hotel Monteleone, moderate to expensive, (504) 523-3341, www.hotelmonteleone.com. Take a spin on the rotating bar in the Carousel Lounge in the lobby before heading upstairs to bed.
Hôtel Provincial, expensive to very expensive, (800) 535-7922, www.hotelprovincial.com. Locally owned, it's quaint and quirky and located exactly where you'll want to be.

SHOPPING
Adler's, (504) 523-5292, www.adlersjewelry.com. With its high-end jewelry and home furnishings, this family-owned store on Canal Street has been New Orleanians' go-to spot for more than 100 years.
Brass Monkey, (504) 561-0688. Looking for antiques? This century-old shop’s owners can help.
Hoi Polloi Boutique, (504) 561-7585, www.hoipolloiboutique.com. For gifts and women’s clothing, try this charming French Quarter shop.
Tomato, (504) 895-0444. This is an intimate, affordable boutique that would feel as right in Manhattan as it does on Magazine Street.

BARS
Chart Room, (504) 522-1708. Everything you need is here: the local crowd, cold beer, and the French Quarter.
Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, (504) 522-9377. It’s not quite as candlelit-cute as it used to be, but it’s still one of the country’s oldest and best bars.
The Veranda Bar at the Columns Hotel, (800) 445-9308, www.thecolumns.com. If Drew Brees were ever to show up at a bar, we think this gorgeous, relaxing space with 15-foot ceilings inside and giant, soaring columns outside would be the most likely candidate.

LIVE MUSIC
Apple Barrel, (504) 949-9399. Grab a chair, squeeze into a corner, or just sit on the floor — whatever. Just don’t miss the free, excellent live music here.
Maple Leaf Bar, (504) 866-9359. Go to Uptown and get sweaty in this haven for great local and touring bands.